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. in kiev, where there has been so much bloodshed people express their allegiance to ukraine and their defiance of russia. it's fighting rhetoric and it still is only talk. parliament has been meeting in emergency session. afterwards the prime minister said russia had brought them to the brink of disaster. this is not the threat. this is the declaration of war to my country. and we urge president putin to pull back his military and to stick to the international obligations and li lateral and multilateral agreements that were signed between ukraine and russia. >> the army opened recruiting stations across the country. there are nine in the capital alone. on the outskirts men were waiting outside before the doors opened. people have been responding enthusiastically for the call to mobilise. here there are young men, older men, people with military experience, people without military experience, but who want to take part. we visited a total of three stations in and around kiev and in the first few hours seller hundred enlisted. >> somehow we have to win. i can tell you that we w
, was in kiev, ukraine, meeting with the government there and touring the site of last month's deadly pro it tests. a short time ago, he and president obama made clear their support for that new ukrainian government, contradicting the russian president, vladimir putin's claims that ukraine has no legitimate leaders. president obama dismissed that claim, adding that russian's invasion of crimea was a miscalculation. >> i actually think that this is not a sign of strength, but rather is a reflection that countries near russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling. and if anything, will push many countries further away from russia. there is the ability for ukraine to be a friend of the west's, and a friend of russia's. >> secretary of state john kerry just left kiev for talks in paris, was even more forcefully, said all of putin's claims are false. >> not a single piece of credible evidence supports any one of these claims. none. >> adding to the tensions in crimea right now, it's occupied by thousands of russian troops. there are reports russian warships have blocked
, the capital of ukraine, kiev, where our own ian lee is. ian, i wonder as that announcement came today from moscow as the russian parliament voted unanimously to give russian president vladimir putin the power to send military troops into ukraine and meanwhile we already have evidence that some troops are there already, what is the reaction there? this is you're right there at the location of those protests that took place in the last several weeks. is there nervousness? was there anger to see the russians take this move? >> reporter: definitely something big happening here, jim. up until now we've heard only talk of diplomatic gestures by the ukranian government. but after a meeting with the security and defense committee, they came out when the prime minister said that the military was on the highest alert possible, that they are securing their nuclear power plants, the airports, that the morale of the armed forces is high and that if the russians were to invade that they are ready to take them on, and that that would be the red line that the relations between ukraine and russia would be
. >> reporting live for us from ukraine. jennifer, thank you for being with us. meanwhile over in kiev political leaders have been criticizing what they call russian provocation. al jazeera's tim friend gives us an over view. >> reporter: now the tension is rising not just in crimea but elsewhere in ukraine. pro russian supporters turned out in large numbers. first it was peaceful. then there were clashes. pro european demonstrators who had been occupying a local government building were on fronted by rival groups. there were reports of beatings. the crisis in the country has stirred up new anger in the east against kiev. >> what used to be the soviet union. that's what we demand, and that's why we are here. >> it was a take over of the ukraine, now we have come here for justice so that russia will be the legal successor to the soviet union. we want to be back in the soviet union. >> reporter: in the capitol the new ukraine met in emergency session to discuss the russian backed in crimea. a disproportionate russian presence in the territory of crimea is nothing but a provocation. we clearly unde
. >> reporter: then came ukraine. after revolution in kiev, russian tanks, choppers and troops moved into crimea. an older, darker image of russian power. but putin has done this before. 2008, russian troops invade the neighboring nation of georgia. he claims he is defending ethnic russians there. the same rationale for the move in ukraine. the u.s. and oourn european allies object, but six years later, russian troops remain in georgia. and now he is telling the world he is willing to use military force in ukraine and risk a conflict with the u.s. and the west. >> we are on the edge of the not cold war, but we're on the edge. >> reporter: here's why. ukraine is divided. kiev and the rest of the country yearn to join europe and the u.s. and forge a different future. while in crimea and the east where so many ethnic russians live, they look to moscow. and they have used crimea as a major russian naval base for 200 years. on friday, obama tried to send his own message to putin. >> there'll be costs for military intervention in ukraine. >> reporter: hours later, russian troops were on the move and p
. >> indeed. >> the latest news from the ukraine, kiev has the military on full alert and is calling for international help. that is as russia has tightened its hold on crimea. has anntified government area,ase in crime effectively imprisoning the soldiers in the area. happened isalready that a brazen act of aggression in violation of international law, in violation of the yuan charter, in violation of the helsinki final act, in violation of the 1997 ukraine-russia basing agreement, russia has engaged in military active -- in a military act of aggression. >> we are on the brink of disaster. there was no any reason for the russian federation to invade ukraine. >> one of the biggest impact is gold and commodities. what's we are seeing commodity prices up, john. on theensions geopolitical front, as you just mentioned, did take a turn for the worst on the weekend. whatlso have to factor in happened this morning. south korea confirming that the north did fire two short range missiles. those are the only details we have at the moment. we see an energy prices up. so we see an uptick for bre
as possible. what is my assessment of what happened in the ukraine and key have -- kiev? inassessment is it unconstitutional overthrow and arms seizure of power. seizure of power. no one has challenge that. for me, there is a big question. colleagues cany reply to it. i have been discussing the ukrainian crisis over the phone with a lot of western partners. why has this been done? president yanukovych with the mediation of foreign mission servers -- ministers in european countries, in the presence of mira distances -- my signedntative, vladimir, between the opposition and president jan vukovic -- yanukovych -- he has lost almost all of his power. to almost anything that the opposition wanted. he agreed to early parliamentary elections, early presidential elections. he agreed to return to the 2004 constitution. he responded to our proposal and the proposal of western countries positively. he said he would not use force. he never issued any commands to shoot at the protesters. there was no such order. he ordered to pull out all of the interior troops, police troops, out of the capital.
the majority. it's the last great bastion of opposition to the new leadership in kiev ukraine's i suppress other for toys and a coke which has reportedly been given protection by moscow. that's according to a russian official cause of by a russian news agencies the fugitive leader up and the os for help from the kremlin. yanukovich was to hold a news conference late on friday in the southern russian city of mosul phone home. but russian president. whatever prisons spokesman said he had no information about getting coverage as reported on arrival in moscow. the us president is said to have been staying at this mosque is the story of which is run by the presidential administrations property department. he was first set up and staying at this mosque of a towel. democrat which is not wanted in ukraine on charges of mass murder. but the police shooting of demonstrators. groups of protesters have gathered in caracas. the stars of the week long carnival holiday. the ghanaians to a government crackdown on demonstrations and the release of those jailed in recent weeks. government opponents of been
of this crisis in ukraine, kiev late today. we've heard from his press secretary that russia -- sanctions against russia, economic sanctions are likely if russia continues on this current course. only a matter of hours ago this was basically communicated to the russians by vice president joe biden who spoke to prime minister medvedev saying if the situation is not resolved that russia can expect increasing political and economic isolation as well. again, those comments from both sides, both netanyahu and the president expected within next 10 or 15 minutes or so. >> peter alexander live any snowy white house. thanks again. but now, it is time for something a little more light handed. our daily panel. they are fabulous and they all watched the oscars. welcome two wonderful women, we have catori hall a playwright and lynn win sted, she won the 2010 award for new play, tony, pretty big deal. also the first african-american to do so. she is a good person to turn to right now on a pretty historic day. "12 years a slave" first black director of a best picture film. people are describing this as another
." >> the peninsula on the black sea ukrain ukrainian basis cont. the but interim government in kiev insists that those troops are part of a russian force that is invaded crimea. moscow denies that, insisting the troops are local self defense you wants opposed to last week's jousting of ukraine's popularly elected president. diplomats from europe, the united states and russia have met separately in paris today to try to defuse the worst crisis on the continent since the cold war. the key sticking point is russia's refusal to recognize the new interim government in ukraine which seized power after months of sometimes violent protests in kiev and other cities. in the meantime the west has firmly thrown its support behind the new ukrainian government. the european union announced an aid package of $15 billion to ukraine. that is designed to make up for a russian package of about the same amount that had been forthcoming until the events of last week. now that announcement comes a day after secretary of state john kerry promised $1 billion in loan guarantees from the united states to try to offs
-to-back developments coming out of kiev where secretary of state john kerry addressed reporters just moments ago, and in washington where the president spoke concerning the crisis in ukrain as well. mike the secretary of state and president using versus forceful language, the secretary of state calling what happened in kiev freedom, and the president using words like meddle and intervene. >> yes, both men trying to embarrass vladimir putin on the world stage. the president said it has not been a sign of strength but a reflection of the suspicion of all of the neighbors of russia, ages of suspicions being echoed over the last 72 hours. the president said he want to de-escalate this. they are not making for a major confrontation. and secretary kerry on that score says that vladimir putin is looking for a pretext. here is a little bit more of what president obama had to say moments ago. >> from the perspective of the european union, the united states, allies like canada and japan, and allies in friends and partners around the world will is a strong belief that russia's action is violating internat
are going to put it into the black scene or we are going to help the ukraines in kiev. a presence in the area will say you can't walk over a sovereign ukraine. >> this week they ordered more than 100,000 troops to test their combat readiness. >> if you took naked pictures of yourself using yahoo messenger the british government may have those photos. a british intelligence agency collected web canalling images for millions of users even if you weren't associated with a crime. a large chunk of them were sexually explicit. >> you can't wear t-shirts on cinco de mayo. the federal court ruled those students rights were not violated. after the case gains national attention two of the students involved wrote to "fox & friends" saying they did nothing wrong. >> we had to turn our t-shirts inside out and go back to class they thought it would be disrespectful to the flag. >> concerns of racial violence out weighs the students freedom of expression rights. >> a scamming scare hitting a major photo company. what you need to look out for>> this is a major scam alert if you get a call from a
. >> this is a fragile time for ukraine. nick schifrin live in kiev thank you. >>> gunmen have been patrolling for three days now. it's in cremia where many speak russia and are in align with russia. jennifer glasse is there with more. >> reporter: many people here were happy to hear news that russian forces are authorized now to protect ukraine to protect creme yeah, they fee crl a fenty to russia. 60% is russian speak, ethnic russian and feel that they share customs and would like the protection of russia. they feel very threatened by what's been happening in kiev. for months they have been watching television reports that call the now government, then opposition leaders thugs, bandits, fascists and don't recognize the government in kiev. they say what's happened is a coup. and so very welcoming to the news here that russian forces will protect cremia and ukraine mainly i think we are talking eastern ukraine we saw pro russian action north of here. they are pro russian demonstrators went in the city hall that had been occupied for about a week now by pro kiev supporters. some of those supporters were
, there is still opportunity for russia to help the international community stabilize the situation in ukraine. meanwhile, delivering the message in kiev, condemning russia for escalating the violence, kerry is visiting with ukraine's new leaders reayou remember thing support for the government. this has been a day of point, counter point, 2 sides expressing their opinions. talking points, but clearly a very strong difference of opinion on the way things are progressing here in kiev, and throughout the country. john kerry said that many of that vladimir putin said in an hour long press conference, were simply not true. the russian government would have you believe that that will have been mass attacks on churches in eastern ukraine. that hasn't happened. but vladimir putin remains adamant the west does not understand this country. he says that ukraine is well within the sphere of russia's control. and that basically the west is looking at ukraine as some sort of laboratory experiment, in democracy. in his speech, today to the russian press, vladimir putin also took an opportunity to say that w
is rebelling against the new leadership in kiev. the interior minister of ukraine accused the kremlin in moscow of directing armed units to occupy a regional airport. lawrence lee is at that airport for us to tell us what the situation is. >> as night falls here, the russian or pro russian forces who have been in control of the perimeter of these buildings for more than 12 hours now are absolutely still in control. they're very relaxed. there's no sense of tension here at all. in the last few hours, some have tried to suggest it is not pro russian forces who are in fact in charge of security here. i have to say that is either disingenuous or at worst a complete lie. for the whole time that we've been here, there's been absolutely no attempt by anybody to budge these people from their positions and what it appears to be is yet another expression of which the expense of which kiev is losing its grip on crimea. >> on thursday, people in the pro russian block in crimea have told us they would welcome russian troops. by first light on friday, it seems they may have got their wish. at the civilian ai
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of what has happened in kiev and in ukraine as a whole. the evaluation can be just one. it isn't anticonstitution, no coup and military seizure of power. nobody argues this. who argues this? for me, the question is, which i cannot answer and my colleagues either, who i have been discussing the problem of ukraine over the phone. the question is as follows, why has this been done? please pay your attention president yanukovych together with three foreign ministers of poland, germany and france, in the presence of my representative -- the men of russia, they spoke and they signed between the opposition and the authorities on the 21st this very agreement, according to which, whether it is good or bad, yanukovych has already given up his power. he agreed to everything the opposition has been wanting, for the early parliamentary elections, early presidential election, to go back to the constitution of 2004. he agreed to request of us and west not to apply force. he did not give any criminal order to shoot in the poor demonstrators. moreover, he made an order to withdraw all police fo
of the oligarchs from protest is. it seems the old ladies vying for power in kiev come straight home to ukraine's financial elites control of an aunty kiev. a lunch party for any military are defined in newly issued in kiev three air defence regiment are the latest to pledge the religion's to the people in crimea more than five thousand troops have switched sides including the country's navy commander and along with the military said. arms to protect the errol and thirty three financial reports my knee and he's on the defensive. many decent honest republicans southern ukraine took the lead to demands by ethnic russians here's what's happening yet its quiet way of life. if you want peace prepare for war. this is the crying meander on to roads connecting the peninsula to the mainland here and here this is one of them. sandra is that local state and the content into a soul undesirable forces from the north. and this is why they're here. the fear that ukrainian fascists the country's ultra nationalists writes that the group helped topple president unocal beach. now many crimean so worried that such
ago, after putin spoke, secretary of state john kerry arrived in kiev to meet with ukraine's new leaders. margaret brennan is traveling with secretary of state kerry. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning to the west coast. secretary of state kerry arrived here in kiev and headed straight to the shrine of the fallen. it's a memorial for some of the protesters killed in demonstrations against the former pro-moscow government. he was swarmed by religious leaders and people in the street who pled for help. he says the u.s. will deliver financial support and he hopes that russia will respect the outcome of upcoming elections. but there is real concern among u.s. officials that rush bea will expand its invasion in ukraine beyond crimea and the u.s. is considering slapping sanctions on russia in the coming days. right now, kerry is in kiev meeting with the acting president and prime minister pledging a $1 billion loan guarantee. he is also sending a team of financial advisers to help this country avoid economic collapse and try to cl
to purchase the art scene reporting from kiev ukraine for more on this under my jeffrey summer is associate professor political economy and policy and a senior fellow at the astute of world affairs at university of wisconsin milwaukee. ideally speaking with us again here on rt so we heard the merits of a stop all that is a largely self these pro russian region saying that he considers the government he of the legitimate why do you think so many western leaders have been very quick to recognize the legitimacy of the new installed government in kiev. of course it is that it will be in line with the rangers to do so. so unfortunately seen with us policy in of course is that the united states. they will force the support any group of girls that are as long as they are in line with us financial interests. and they feel that they will be online for instance the nineteen eighty three four steals and a sign that hangs against the russian parliament the worst united states for the clueless on the line it's the inclusion of the seventy two when we might have some remarks but regardless because he di
interests in ukraine. >> what's happening in kiev later on wednesday then? >> well, in kiev itself, katherine ashton, the foreign policy chief of the u.n. is meeting members of the government. it's events in brussels where she's based that might be more important in what happens over the security and stabilization in ukraine because russia, we are hearing, accepted a meeting at ambassador level with members of n.a.t.o., the security alliance. that's crucial because there's talk of contact being set up. that's what the european union wants, to see what will happen to those russian forces, an estimated 16,000 russian troops based in crimea. john kerry has been saying that he wants to see them return to their bases. analysts say that is unlikely what is at stake is whether they go further into other regions of ukraine. that's the main concern for the u.s. and its allies, that will be discussed later on wednesday in boroughs else. >> thanks for that. that report from kiev. now, as we mentioned the top diplomats are in or heading to paris to discuss syria. but ukraine's likely to featur
in ukraine. authorities in kiev say that they will never give up the province of crimea another they have effective control over parts of the territory. pro-russian troops have been deployed over parts of the rotation near the coast with ukraine. just a few moments ago ukrainian border guards said that russian troops continued to flow into crimea, a military supremacy highlighted this weekend as they pledged allegiance to russian troops. >> flagships of the ukrainian navy. their loyalty is no longer, now that the newly appointed navy chief has defected. swear allegiance to the people of the autonomous republic of crimea. >> the ukrainian military has about 140,000 men, including 60,000 conscripts. in theory the ukraine could mobilize one million, but they say that their equipment is getting old in that the army is sorely lacking in resources. troops, vladimir putin called for authorization to use the armed forces in ukraine until the normalization of the political situation in the country. the russian army has taken control of the entire region, they could also be sending soldiers into ot
who died here. we'll have complete coverage confident crisis in ukraine from here in kiev. also on the ground from correspondents in crimea at the top of the hour. erin be? >> looking forward to seeing you in a few minutes. >>> emotion dominating day two of the murder trial involving oscar pistorius. at times the testimony proved too much for the one-time athlete and a star witness. robyn curnow is out front in the south africa. >> it was awful. >> a key witness breaking down on the second day of oscar pistorius' murder trial. the olympic runner's neighbor testified she heard blood curdling screams the night reeva was killed followed by four gunshots. the defense tried to poke holes in the neighbor's story. >> the question was not that difficult. shall i repeat it again? please listen carefully. just listen to the question please. >> the defense went on to question the neighbor's credibility. >> you heard that out of a closed toilet and a half, 177 meters away? >> then in graphic detail, the defense explained steenkamp would not have been able to scream after the fourth and fata
's go to kiev right now, that's the capital of ukraine. we're hearing these ominous reports that the you cukrainian military is going to a higher state of alert based on these provocations, they call them provocations coming from moscow? >> reporter: that's exactly right a and it's actually the highest level of alert and readiness, they're saying that the morale among the troops is high and that they're ready for any sort of provocation from moscow. although that being said, the prime minister did talk with his counterpart in russia to try to ease tensions and the russian prime minister dmitry medvedev says that russia hasn't decided to use further force in ukraine, but that is still an option. also the chief of ukraine's navy also had a conversation with his counter part to deescalate the tensions around a naval base in the crimea that is controlled by ukraine and they said that that has also taken place. but there are high security, they said, arrange critical infrastructu infrastructure, that being nuclear power plants in ukraine and they said any sort of military intervention would b
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. as fareed says, ukraine is essential. kiev, the gates of kiev, historically essential to the russian vision of its own people and he is nothing else, you know, a russian believer in its destiny, its history, and he is there to restore it after the fall of the soviet empire which he's called the great tragedy of the 20th century and he's not walking away from this and, yeah. he's clever like a fox as somebody in the white house put it to me. is he out of touch with reality? yes, they say, in the sense that he keeps surrounding himself with yes men in the kgb, former kgb officers who give him bad intelligence, who tell him that there are conspiracies in the west but he also knows how to stir up trouble and go after what he wants. >> and the trouble continues. we're watching it closely. carl, appreciate you being on tonight. fareed, as well. coming up tonight, inside independence square. a day in the life of the square, if you will. the site of so much violence, and now a shrine to those who lost their lives. we'll be right back. marge: you know, there's a more enjoyable way to get your fiber.
government. we'll be live in kiev. >> security in ukraine is a major challenge. armed men are reported to have taken over buildings in the crimea region. this is al jazeera, live from doha >> also ahead - 175 rebels killed in an army ambush n one of the bloodiest incidents in syria's 3-year long conflict. >> qantas plans to cut 5,000 jobs after reporting heavy financial losses. >> the sun comes out in northern china after wind blows away a dangerous blanket of smog. >> hello. good to have with you us. we are getting reports that armed men are seizing buildings in the crimea region. the area has been the scene of violent confrontations. one person died on wednesday after demonstrations turned violent. we go to robin walker. what have you seen? >> i have seen the parliament building, the area around the police with a cordon around it. the public have not been allowed to walk around there. it's gone through to see what is going on. i can see barricades up at the entrance to the building, and i also confirm that the russian flag has been hoisted on top. >> thank you. >> in the capital parl
in ukraine and kiev in particular? >> we held official negotiations with the representatives of the opposition. you know there were a lot of them. the goal was to end bloodshed and violence. they were not able to find peaceful solutions. i would like to reaffirm that it is not acceptable for me to see any other alternative to a peaceful solution. this has been due to the actions of these people. i never gave any orders to the police to open fire. the police was without any weapons until the very last moment when they were under threat and people started shooting at them. according to the law, the police has the right to self-defense, especially when there have been massive acts of attacks to the police. regressive lead. but do remember 2004 we had a similar situation. 40,000 people came to the railroad station. they could have been a clash of bloodshed. i went to the railroad station. i stopped be people. i prevented bloodshed. i talked to those who brought them. i said they will never forgive us if blood is spilled. >> please take your seat. i insist. >> hello? i have a ques
president last week. clarissa ward is in ukraine's capital kiev. clarissa what's going on in crimea? >> reporter: well, scott, the situation on the ground in crimea is very tense and very fluid. those masked gunmen have taken over the two main airports and the parliament and what's particularly unnerving to the people on the ground is these men will not identify themselves. they are wearing uniforms and the uniforms do not have insignias on them. all we know is they appear to be a pro-russian paramilitary force. the russians have been completely silent on the events going on in the ground in crimea and on what role they may have in those events. but the ukrainian leadership here in kiev has not minced any words. the interior minister has said this is essentially a military invasion and the defense minister has warned if any military installations come under attack in crimea, the ukrainian army is ready to respond. >> pelley: clarissa ward reporting from kiev tonight. it is worth remembering that russia invaded neighboring georgia back in 2008, and that resulted in a shooting war. ma
and reiterating what cameron said about the territorial integrity and germany respecting the territory of ukraine. that's what happened a few minutes ago in london. >> let's update you on the situation in the ukraine. the center of appear appears to have shifted from the capitol kiev, the other side of the story emerging in crimea. gunman have taken over a government building and prompted a russian flag. that prompted warnings to moscow not to take action. the new performy war is being played out. >> tents are being made here to turn crimea like kiev in reverse. heavily armed men are protecting it from what they see as profoundly undemocratic forces. their supporters not so many, but they are here to tell you that they would like nothing more than russian tanks on the streets to protect them. >> american army was supported in different countries, today we support russian army, because everyone of us has relatives in russia. >> the police lines start by just a handful of uncertain looking men didn't look very impressive. the small group proves just how unimpressive it was. the point being that the
with us. now to kiev - ukraine's acting president has put forces on full alert. ier -- we are live to independence square, with nick schifrin. how nervous are ukraine's leaders at this point. >> ukraine's leaders are very nervous. they have been on the job for 48 hours and are dealing with a maimer security crisis they were trying to deal with the economy. this is what they have to deal with. the president or acting president not only put his forces on high alert. he stepped up security at airports and security plants. we heard the prime minister discussing military intervention. they are warning soldiers to step back into bases. they are warnings echoed, include ag tatiana chernobyl, she said she wants diplomacy to work, but they feel there's no choice. >> translation: there's no diplomacy with vladimir putin. russia spread information to make georgia the enemy. they stole part of georgia. with putin and viktor yanukovych, there can be no diplomacy. we have no choice but to defend the country ourselves. >> so clearly the government here are worried, using aggress if language, are
reviewed to back down. >> first the assessment of what happened in the ukraine and kiev as a whole. this was an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power. bill: what can you tell us about the very tense situation in ukraine as of now? >> reporter: there is a heavy fog that descended over kiev on independence square. people are continuing to try to drum up moral support for their revolution that seems to be in jeopardy because of this tense situation particularly in the southern area of crimea. both sides have been incredibly disciplined in this standoff between ukrainian and military forces. but there were concerns about missteps. there were tense moments at the air base taken over by russian soldiers i in balaklava. they warned the ukrainian troops and said they would shoot. it was an example of how thing are on evening. in the black sea the ukrainian naval ships are blockaded by russian forces. it's a very compl -- very compld situation. russia and the ukraine worked together and now they are practically in a state of war with the russians ordering them off their bases. pe
continuing coverage of the crisis in ukraine. shepard smith is on the ground in kiev and joins us with the latest. i know we have a little bit of a delay, so if people can bear with us, we look forward to hearing your update. go ahead. >> well, i'm standing behind me is the square where all of this unraveled, beginning back in november, and then continued in a more fiery way in independence square here in kiev. they shut the lights off at 11:00 local time building by building and area by area. they all went down, we don't know if to save electricity or something else. it's pitch black on a foggy and cold night. there's still people in independence square, we took pictures from my iphone. people are coming here to mourn those who died in this uprising. think of it, i have been listening to your conversation and it's all politics and oil, but for so many people here, this is about we are ukrainian. we heard that our president is going to align with the russians, and we didn't like it. we protested in the streets, and eventually, the government came out and murdered our neighbors and
at it incredibly nervesly. the situation is still very volatile throughout ukraine as the new government feels its way. it's desperately trying to keep the country unified but sees events in crimea as a potential throat to that. >> for the moment, thanks. film friend live in kiev. we'll continue to monitor the situation in ukraine, and let you know of further developments. >> to venezuela, where anti-government protesters are calling for more demonstrations. on thursday security forces fired tear gas at crowds of demonstrators in caracas. thousands rallied in cities across venezuela, against the crackdown on the opposition. al jazeera's adam raney has the latest from caracas. >> venezuela's president was hoping that thursday, which kicked off a week-long holiday around the carnival, showing an easing of tensions between protesters and government forces didn't happen. we have several protests in the surrounding area, and protests in the south-west of the country on the border of columbia which is the epicentre of tense protests between people unhappy with the government, unhappy with rising inflati
: the worry evident in their voices and their faces for their loved ones still in ukraine. tooliana's family lives in kiev. >> i was talking to my parents the whole time while they were protesting and my parents were go to protest. >> reporter: this protest is her way of supporting them. >> they're okay. they went to a couple protests and -- but nothing happened to them. i was very thankful for that. >> reporter: today's protest was started by a group. lara is one of the organizers. >> speak withing them this morning, they're scared. they are keeping an eye out on everything that's going on. and they're scared for their children as well. >> reporter: she has followed closely the violence in kiev and as russia proves military involvement in ukraine, the threat became even more real to lara. the ukrainian population in the dc area has banded together sending up this memorial and holding fundraisers throughout the city. today will be one of many until, they say, actiona is taken. >> we're praying and hoping there's a diplomatic solution to this. >> reporter: tomorrow they will be set up at the
a part of russia. new this morning, secretary of state john kerry arrives in kiev in ukraine to discuss financial assistance for the nation. and washington sends a message to moscow suspending the plan to trade investment talks with russia. first, global markets making a comeback today. u.s. stocks took a big hit yesterday including the dow which suffered a triple digit loss. let's bring in in christine romans. what is behind the bounceback? how do markets look now? >> markets look good now for u.s. stocks. what's behind the bounce back is the fact president putin ended the military exercises in russia. when that happened and the president gave his press conference about four to five hours ago and said that he was not going to an ex crimea, you saw the highs reached in stock futures. dow up 165, nasdaq up as well. look at s&p 500 futures. if they rise 18 points, 20 point, you'll see a record high in the s&p 500. something a lot of market watchers are saying is interesting given the tension you're seeing in the strategically vital area of the world. it's volatile. they're pointing out ev
to talk through mounting tensions through ukraine. secretary kerry visited kiev, bringing with him prayers for slain protesters and $1 billion aid
they were not consulted really kind of marginalizes them and especially unhappy that kiev made a ukraine the ukraine the official language because people here speak russia. >> reporter: and jennifer class is there this morning and i want to go to phil who is joining us from moscow and phil after going into hiding former president victor yanukovich has suddenly emerged in russia and set to speak here if a couple hours, what has he been up to, do we know anything about his plans? >> well, thomas we know he expects to hold a press contrends and this will be his first appearance publically since he was ousted from kiev. we are being told it will happen in the town on don and not confirmed but that is the expectation and that is symbolically important because that is the capitol which basically run the ethnic group runs between russia and ukraine. there are an awful lot of contracts in the crimea in particular. this is a town that is very close to the ukrainian border and a similar botic gesture if indeed that is where he has the press conference and we know the former president victor yanuk
that the regime in the ukraine, in kiev was going to force -- was going to rebuff europe and instead cast its lot with russia. that's what produced this dynamic. we're all playing catchup, the people -- the real actors here, the people who have moved the story are the people of ukraine. and the people of ukraine particularly young people, particularly people in the west seem to say we want a future that is outside of the shadow of russian domination. that has produced a kind of complicated set of facts on the ground. it's a complicated situation, but surely the way to respond to that is not to send in thuggish paramilitary troops who do not have markings, because you don't have the courage to admit that you have effectively invaded cry mere, so you're doing it in this sur repetitious way. the best way to have dealt with this i think would have been to have negotiations, diplomacy, see what the people want, and if they want a special autonomous status, even if they wanted secession, maybe that's possible. but surely i cannot imagine that steve or anyone else would argue this is a good principle of
to get to the latest in ukraine. john kerry is in kiev this morning showing u.s. support for their new government. within hours kerry met with the acting president and prime minister. he also travelled to independence square where he laid flowers at the memorial for those killed in last month's violence between protestors and police. they called what happened an unconstitutional coup. bill has more. >>> words laced with menace from president putin, there is no need for further military intervention in ukraine, but the possibility still exists. it is a veiled threat. john kerry has now arrived for talks in ukraine, a country whose borders are changing. changed by the march of russian troop that's have fired the first shots in their take over of ukraine. they have marched toward russia trying to reach their war planes. soldiers open fired. they warned the ukrainians to stop. they did, but only after least four volleys of gunfire. a dangerous twist in an invasion the president has condemned. >> overtime this will be a costly proposition for russia. the strong condemnation that it has rece
:30 eastern tone. meanwhile, ukraine's capitol of kiev some of the activists who hemmed bring the new government for power are now mobilizing for war. our nick schifrin is live in independence square where this crisis began several months ago. nick, what are you seeing there tonight? >> reporter: jonathan, it is really interesting. there is a sense that this government might not be up to the task and so we have been talking to lots of the activist who his did help launch what they call a revolution, did help clear this square of all of the police who were trying to clear it of activists being including one group of afghan veterans who people whose war end 20 year old ago, they are ukrainian and fought again president yanukovych in the last round and saying they will fight russia in this round. they were supposed to have a press conference tonight, that's been delayed until tomorrow. they say that they are going to fight russia if they need to. another group, the right ex-sex tour, also says the same thing. they led these protests and are quite militant. i was in their hotel today and
across the world. the american secretary of state will meet with ukraine's leaders in kiev on tuesday. also the british prime minister pressured trowz pul russia to p. russia's invasion is not just a threat but a declaration of war. also the head of ukraine's navy was fired for treason today after he swore allegiance to pro-russian leaders. our teams are in kiev and the regional capital of crimea, sim verm. simferopol. jennifer glasse is there. >> stability to crimea, what that means he doesn't know. he refused to give up. then more russians arrived, truckloads of them. the colonel watches and tells someone, they're here. the ukrainians move an armed vehicle to their gate. but there will be no reenforcements. no one is coming from kiev he tells me i'm alone me and my brigade, we'll do what we can and we'll see, we'll see. >> the expander in his brigade says we'll see if there's going to be war. then the troops come in on foot. some sifnlts tried to stop. but -- civilians tried to stop. the armies just feet from one another. until we have a standoff, ukrainian troops, there are russian
in ukraine. the head of the international findsry said that he pledged to send a team to key of -- kiev to establish how much aid they need. she later met with john kerry. he appealed directly to russia. the russian parliament later approved the use of military force in crimea. >> antigovernment protests could continue throughout the week in venezuela. there are daily reports of violence. a man was shot dead friday in clashes with lisa in caracas. -- police in caracas. students and opposition supporters have been venting their anger over high inflation and a shortage of basic goods in the country. the president held a called peace meetings this week. members of the opposition were largely absent. they have refused to enter dialogue until demonstrators are released were being held in jail. they expect the prime minister to stop the harsh crackdown on the protest movement. >> also on friday, over 200 african migrants broke into the spanish enclave. they reached european union territory. they made by dealing a heavily guarded and that separates the territory from africa. it was one of the
. but still, a statement. >> mr. kerry, welcome to ukraine. >> thank you. >> reporter: in kiev, the ukrainian capital 500 miles away, secretary of state kerry walked the streets where scores of ukrainians died in protests last month, then praised their revolution. >> what they stood for so bravely i say with full conviction, will never be stolen by bullies or by invasions. it is called freedom. >> reporter: in moscow, vladimir putin offered a different version, a different reality in an extraordinary appearance. the new ukrainian government? illegitimate, he said. u.s. support for it was like, running experiments on rats. and then the u.s., he said, must stop encouraging what he called illegal change in the territory of the former soviet union. the soviet union shaped putin, a loyal kgb officer for 15 years. and here's what this country looked like back then, a colossus. and this is how it shrunk what the soviet union collapsed, which putin called, the greatest catastrophe of the century. his world view, shaped by the loss of an empire. >> he was born in a large soviet space that encompassed
ukrainians hope these documents will make a solid case am al jazeera, kiev. >> meanwhile, the the unrest in ukraine remain as very big concern. john kerry says he spokes to the russian's foreign minister. the white house briefing just a short while ago. shortly after signing the agreement, in early fashion, packing up his stuff, and disappearing. it is hard to claim you are leading a country when you advocate responsibilities and disappeared. they have been watching the development in washington, how is the cry issue going to strain the already strained relationship that the u.s. has with russia. >> that's a great question, and all along over the course of the last several days as this crisis has unfolded you have heard everyone from the president to a spokesman here at the white house from secretary kerri to his spokesperson de-emphasize this perception thatting this a cold war redo. there is undeniably this aspect to it. a number of alarms were raised bringing about very forceful statements. near ukraine on the border, secretary kerry openlien waying russia not to violate the territori
, ukraine is facing an even more challenging future. tim friend reports from kiev. >> they were supposed to be confirming a new government. but events initial thely overwhelmed the parliament. increasingly nervous about what their overthrow may have unleashed. it brought this warning from the acting president. >> everybody that tries to take over government building northeast, west, center, south, and north, is going to be treated as having the committed a crime, against the government of the the ukraine. it was the a historic day, promising that the victims had not died in vain. the newly elected prime minister, said that the country was on the bring of collapse. a staggering $37 billion missing from state coffers under yanukovych. >> russia, the u.s., and the u.k. should take the on responsibility, under the budapest memorandum, to guarantee this will not grow into a military conflict that no country, will intervene in the internal affairs of ukraine. they are the inexperienced in parliamentary politics. senior colleagues don't underestimate the task ahead. >> we count on the the opera
and great with the west for the kiev protests turned deadly. self defense groups in ukraine's crimea patrol the two main airports of the physical feats new authoritieshi him hot wars last line and gum on china condemns america's human rights record saying washington's failing to live up to its standards. left out in the cold that your struggles to deal with port's apprentice. despite millions of houses across the continents diving in the new . it's the dream it's good that speeds up the match which took four hours a day in his first news conference since being ousted from power ukraine's impact will present the connecticut which has vowed to fight on. speaking from southern russia he insisted he was still ukraine's legitimate leader and accuse heel position of staging it can do with the help of pro fascist forces. meanwhile the current authorities in kiev to stop the presses have yet to be expedited. these are the biggest job was in most of all moved on in russia to hear the words of defiance from the deposed president his eyes as he is imprisoned in a president is as positive and not in pe
in to what kiev and ukraine is saying about what russia is trying to do. to foment agitators on the ground, and that would then provide a pretext for russia to up its game in this country, so when we hear a release from the foreign ministry saying -- taking happens advantage or capitalizing on what is happening there with the un envoy, this is certainly something that kiev will jump upon and try to use to gain the upper hand. del? >> phil ittner, nick schifrin, and mr. datrus for us in washington, d.c. here is what we know, we try to report the facts and the facts are this, there was an unenvoy in a cafe in crimea. he was escorted out of the country by what appeared to be a mob, shouting putin, putin, russia, russia. we'll be right back. american tv news today. >> entire media culture is driven by something that's very very fast... >> there has been a lack of fact based, in depth, serious journalism, and we fill that void... >> there is a huge opportunity for al jazeera america to change the way people look at news. >> we just don't parachute in on a story...quickly talk to a couple of exp
, georgia. and last week's bloody protests in ukraine's capital kiev were a setback for russia prompting the national parliament to oust ukraine's pro russian president, viktor yanukovych. today near the big russian naval base that's in southern ukraine, pro russian army mob seized a government building and an anti-russian mob protested the. ukraine is dangerously divided and in financial crisis. defense secretary hagel warned moscow. >> i urged them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted. >> reporter: putin's shove force by his navy, his air force and his ground forces despite putin's promise not interfere in ukraine is the biggest russian military move since the cold war. kerry resurrected a cold war quote from ronald reagan saying the u.s. government now will trust but verify putin's promises. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> a plan to expand benefits for military veterans and their families died in the u.s. senate today when it failed a procedural vote. republicans say the $21 billion price tag is too high. they also wanted to attach an amendment imposing new sanctions on
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